CrossReach staff celebrate awards
Around 200 CrossReach staff and invited guests attended a Service of Celebration in the General Assembly Hall on 31st May. The guest speaker was the BBC’s health editor Hugh Pym who is an elder at St. Columba’s Church of Scotland in London. Addressing those present, The Moderator of the General Assembly Rt. Rev. Susan Brown took Psalm 100 as her theme: “In all you do through CrossReach and on behalf of the Church, but more importantly, in all you do in the name of Christ, you are living what the Psalm writer was trying to put into song. You are living the message he’s wanting to get across: the message that the Lord is God – a God who is in all and behind all and worth praising – and he’s worth praising because we belong to him, but not in a possessive, ‘owned’ kind of a way. We belong to God in the sense that we are those he chooses to love; we are those he calls family; we are those he cares for, looks out for and is always looking over.”
Staff were recognised for gaining qualifications including a range of Scottish Vocational Qualifications and Professional Development Awards. The 4 main awards went to: Adult Learner of the Year – Anne Boyd, Senior Care Practitioner, Threshold Housing and Residential Support in Hamilton; Award for Excellence – Whinnieknowe Care Home, Nairn; Volunteer of the Year – Sarah Lewis, Morven Day Services, Kilmarnock; Employee of the Year – Margaret Morrison, Activities Co-ordinator, Cameron House, inverness (pictured).
Bill Steele, Convener of the Social Care Council said: “I always count it a privilege to represent CrossReach and the Social Care Council – no more so than at our annual Service of Celebration. It was my pleasure along with CEO Viv Dickenson to spend time signing certificates that were to be presented to staff who had achieved qualifications – this, in itself, represents a significant achievement and now their names are added to the many who have received similar awards over recent years. I signed more - this time acknowledging people’s long service working for CrossReach and its predecessor, the Church’s Board of Social Responsibility. We are currently planning ahead in advance of next year’s celebration recognising the Church of Scotland’s care for the people of Scotland for 150 years. Signing these certificates gave me a chance to reflect on the commitment of countless staff members who have worked for us over the 149 years to date. To this thought, I added to the fact that, when totalled, those being presented in 2018 alone had collectively been working for us well over 600 years. Those who received awards can be rightly proud of their achievements as well as the contribution they and their predecessors have made to serving those in our care.”